Tired of her parents asking when she would get married, a 32-year old Lulu Jemimah got married to herself.
Just like in every African society, in Uganda, it is important for a woman to get married and start a family. At 16, her dad already wrote her wedding speech while her mum prayed for her on every birthday.
In recent years, the prayers included the plea for a husband but Jemimah wasn’t thinking about marriage as she is studying for her masters at Oxford University.
Lulu had worked as a freelance journalist and a communications consultant for the International Organisation for Migration. In 2013, she got a scholarship to study Media (film) in Australia.
After completing her undergraduate degree, she started her masters at Oxford University in August 2017, but in spite of her success, all her parents want is for her to get married.
To get her parents off her back, Jemimah decided to get married to herself on her 32nd birthday. The wedding cost just £2 as she got every other thing as a gift from friends.
When she sent out her wedding invites, she started receiving calls from many people who wanted to know who her groom was but she told them it was a surprise.
She hired a wedding dress while her brother baked her cake. A friend did her makeup, and the bar owner, who is also her friend played the wedding march as she walked from the toilet into the venue.
Then she told her 30 guests, who were about 30 and most of whom were her friends, that there was no groom. She also exchanged vows with herself before them.
Even though it looked awkward, Jemimah felt special in her wedding gown and it made her understand the excitement around weddings.
Although, her parents are baffled by her decision and did not attend the wedding, Jemimah is excited that many of her friends, including international and local journalists, film directors and feminist entrepreneurs showed up.
“Marriage is an expression of love and commitment, however for many people back home, it is still considered the only way to guarantee a woman’s financial security. I had worried about coming off as stupid but to have such a strong intellectual group of friends behind the idea, that was all the validation I needed for the choices I have made,” she told MailOnline
However the wedding isn’t legally binding as you can’t legally marry yourself
Watch her wedding video below